Agilent Technologies appoints new distributors for test and measurement products in Europe

New distributors expected to strengthen Agilent's sales channel for its ever-expanding basic instruments product portfolio

STRESA, Italy, June 30, 2006

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the appointment of new distributors for its test and measurement products in Europe. These appointments will further strengthen Agilent's sales channel in Europe, especially for the company's expanding range of Basic Instruments.

Distribution agreements have been reached with the following companies in the respective countries:

  • Austria: Elsinger Electronic Handel Gmbh
  • France: Française d'Instrumentation-Distrame SA
  • Germany: Datatec Gmbh
  • Italy: Gould G.N. Sistemi srl and Pansystem srl
  • Sweden, Finland, Denmark: Elfa AB
  • Switzerland: Distrelec AG
  • United Kingdom: FarnellInOne, a division of Premier Farnell UK Ltd.
  • For catalog sales in Europe: FarnellInOne, a division of Premier Farnell UK Ltd.

The agreements will initially cover Agilent's range of basic power supplies, bench digital multimeters, connectivity solutions and the 3000 Series of oscilloscopes. Later this year, Agilent will expand the Basic Instruments portfolio with an additional range of products that will also be included in these agreements.

Each distributor will be responsible for sales of Agilent products within its designated country. In addition, FarnellInOne will have responsibility for catalog sales in Europe of Agilent products. Under the terms of the agreements, the designated products will only be sold via the new distributors.

Agilent senior executives and the distributors met to share strategies and plans at a Distribution Partnership Executive Forum hosted by Agilent in Stresa, Italy, June 29 - 30. "We had an excellent meeting with our new distributors at the executive forum," said Ueli Nussbaumer, Agilent distribution channel manager for Europe. "These agreements are an integral part of Agilent's overall channel strategy in Europe. By combining the strengths of Agilent's products with the ability of our distributors to service a broad customer base, we believe we will meet the needs of our customers for high quality products, affordability and rapid delivery."

For additional information about the distributor program contact Agilent at +31 (0) 20 547 2111 or

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.1 billion in fiscal year 2005. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (including, without limitation, statements relating to the ability of the agreements with distributors to strengthen Agilent's sales channel in Europe and the company's expanding range of Basic Instruments) that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause results of Agilent Technologies to differ materially from management's current expectations. These risks are detailed in Agilent's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2006. Agilent assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release.

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Janet Smith, Agilent
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